The debate this week is: Gender Specific Toys: Yay or Nay?
My answer: nay
I’m really somewhere in the middle but if I had to pick one I’d say “nay”. I think that children should be able to play with any toys that interest them. I have two boys, currently ages 3 and 4. When they were toddlers they had blocks and cars and they had dolls and a kitchen set in their play area. They played with them all.
Does this mean that when I go to the stores I head to the aisles with the princesses and dolls? No. I am just open to buying my boys toys that some would consider “girls” toys. Most of the time, especially nowadays, my boys want to head to the cars and the trains aisles. Those are their preferred toys. Jacob even says that certain aisles in the store are “for girls”. Without me even saying anything and specifying gender he has decided which toys he likes and they are generally the toys “for boys”.
Do they still have some toys that aren’t typically “for boys”? Yes. We went shopping for my niece and Lucas, my 3 year old, wanted a doll so I bought it. We went to a garage sale and found a huge dollhouse for $10. I bought it, knowing how much they love the small one they have. Do they enjoy playing with the kitchen set still? You betcha!
When it comes down to it, I think that children should be able to play with any toys they want, regardless of what toys are typically accepted for their gender. What do you think about this subject? Yay or nay?